Rockets draw closer to conference champ title

February 10th, 2008    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Clermont Northeastern’s victory over Western Brown earned the Rockets at least a share of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division championship.

Milford’s loss to Winton Woods was a serious setback in the Eagles’ efforts to win the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division crown.

Clermont Northeastern

The Rockets completed their sweep of the Broncos this season with a 55-43 victory in Owensville.

Northeastern owned the lead at each intermission 14-10, 25-18, and 40-30.

Junior guard Jake Terry spearheaded the CNE offensive assault with 18 points, Justin Messinger and Brad Mummert both tallied 12 points and Chris Jordan added 10.

East Clinton also fell victim to the Blue and Gold by a 66-50 count in a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference tilt on the winners’ hardwood.

The Rockets grabbed a 15-12 first quarter lead, but fell behind at the half 30-28, before retaking the lead 43-36 after three periods of action.

Messinger, a junior forward, made 19 points, Graham Nash, a senior forward, made 16, and Terry 14 for CNE.


The Eagles suffered a 57-46 setback to Winton Woods before an overflow crowd at the aviary.

The Warriors steadily pulled away with quarter scores of 13-9, 25-18, and 41-29.

Senior forward Brandon Baker was in the forefront of the Milford offense with 12 points and Tyler Diercks tallied 10.

The Red and White won a very important battle over Loveland in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division showdown, 60-49, before another capacity crowd at the aviary.

The Eagles were in command at each break 17-11, 31-23, and 39-37.

Baker paced the victors with 24 points Mark Bryant made 15, and Diercks 11. A total of 17 three-pointers were made by both teams. Baker made four, Diercks three, and Bryant two.


"We've played some tough teams. Right now we're finally coming around to where we need to be," said Ross Hudson, head coach of the Felicity varsity boys basketball team.

The Cardinals are the only varsity boys cage squad that this writer can remember that did not have any player more than six feet tall, but Hudson has been at least breaking even throughout the season with an under-sized team.

"We don't rebound much with not having anyone over 6-foot," Hudson said.

Being able to pile up some impressive scoring totals has not been a problem for the Cards. Tyler Utter is averaging 17 points per game to lead his team offensively. He is receiving great support from Brandon Manz who is averaging 15 points per game and Jordan Peron and Jordan Grooms who are also tallying points with double digit averages. All are seniors and 6-foot tall with the exception of Manz who is 5-11.

Grooms, a point guard, is the assist leader for the Red and White.

"C. J. Powers and Josh Napier have stepped into defensive roles. They are good team players," said Hudson of two more of his seniors. With the exception of one, the entire Felicity team is composed of seniors.

Plenty of scoring and little rebounding, Hudson explained his team's success is because "we find different ways and combinations to win.

"The (Southern Buckeye) conference is pretty tough. Everyone (in the National Division) is competing for second place behind (defending state champion) Georgetown.

"I hope we continue our winning ways and finish strong in the conference and move through the tournament," Hudson concluded.


The Barons won in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division over visiting Little Miami 61-42.

The home boys were up at each halt 15-10, 30-27 and 41-37.

The Blue and White was difficult to defend with four netting double digits - senior guard Spencer Cox 14, senior forward Brandon Dietrich 13, junior forward Willie Tansey 13, and senior guard Garrett Hounshell 12 (including a pair of treys).

Amelia returned from Shroder-Paideia with a 52-36 victory. This was a non-conference contest.

Tansey and Hounshell led the winning offense with 14 and 11 points, respectively.


The Tigers bombed Blanchester in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division fray played in Blan.

The Red and Gray led all the way 18-14, 32-27, and 45-39.

Louie Schaljo, a sophomore forward, scorched the nets for 33 points and Tiger teammate Mike Hill, a junior forward, added 16.

Williamsburg was another non-division Southern Buckeye Conference win, 63-29.

Tucker Stephens, a junior guard, led the victors with 15 points, Hill had 14, and Schaljo 10. Senior forward DuSean Shelton paced the Wildcats' resistance with 13 points.

West Union brought the Red and Gray to a halt with a 63-60 win on the Tigers' court. This was a non-conference battle.

The Dragons were behind 15-14, but went on top 34-24 and 46-43 after the next two rests.

Schaljo was on fire with 25 points and Hill with 22 (including four three-pointers) for the Clermont countians.


The Bulldogs gnarled Goshen 54-35 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division encounter.

The host Green and White was ahead at each intermission 19-10, 28-21, and 41-23.

Caleb Corrill and Jake Florez both netted 14 points and Eric Simmons 13 for the conquerors. Chris Petry sank 10 points for the conquered. A total of 16 three-pointers were zeroed in. Senior guards Corrill and Florez each made four and Goshen's Derek Bunnell made three and Petry and Nick Napier two apiece.

Western Brown proved not to be a good host by downing Batavia 64-48 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division fray.

Eric Roberts, a junior guard, made 16 points to lead the Bulldogs' offense and teammate Ryan Collins made two three-pointers.

New Richmond

The Lions returned from Blanchester with a 59-46 victory in Southern Buckeye Conference non-division action.

Nolan Darland, a senior forward, powered in 26 points for the Red and Black and Tyler Esham contributed two treys.

Georgetown took the measure of New Richmond 65-47 in the Lions' Den in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division confrontation.

After an 18-both tie at the conclusion of the opening eight minutes, the G-Men took over 32-24 and 41-35.

Darland tossed in 17 points for the river boys.

Glen Este

The Trojans were whomped by Winton Woods 74-29 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division game.

The host Warriors were in command throughout 17-6, 34-18, and 51-23.

Brad Griffith's nine points led the Purple and White's scoring.


The Warriors returned from Morrow with a 58-39 drubbing from Little Miami in this non-conference contest between former members of the old Clermont County League.

The Panthers were in the lead at each rest 15-3, 28-17, and 39-31.

Petry's 12 points (including two threes) spearheaded the Red and Gray's offense.
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